The North Platte High School girls' basketball team got off to a fast start on Saturday and never trailed in a 52-41 win over Fremont.The Lady Dawgs (7-10) came out and just pounced all over the Tigers (7-12). Madalynn Doughty scored the first points of the game with a three-pointer. Then Kaitlynn Harvey made an 18-foot jump shot.
Sally Hengen then established herself with a pair of treys for an 11-0 lead.
But the Bulldogs weren't done. Ashten Hernandez scored her first points when she got a layup after receiving a pass from Doughty on a two-on-one fast break.
Hengen scored the next four points with a made free throw and another three to make it 17-0.
With 1:13 left in the first quarter, Fremont finally got on the board with a basket by Darby Doernemann.
Although his team was red hot coming out of the gate, North Platte coach Mark Woodhead said that he was even more ecstatic with its defense to start the game.
"Something we stress is that the other team only gets one shot or less and in the first quarter, we made it to loose balls and we rebounded really well," said Woodhead.
The Lady Tigers scored the first eight points of the second quarter to pull within 17-10 after two straight threes by Claire Meyer.
But that was the closest Fremont got the rest of the way. While it was the outside shooting of the Lady Bulldog guards, Hengen, in particular, that got them the big lead, it was the inside play of Hernandez that helped them stay on top.
The 6-foot senior was able to get position near the basket and score both on entry passes and putbacks.
"Ashten rebounded as well as she has all year," Woodhead said. "Those offensive rebounds really decimate you and I know how it feels as a coach to watch (the other team get putbacks)."
After leading 28-17 at halftime, the Lady Dawgs kept their distance from the Tigers for the entirety of the second half. They led by as much as 18 points in the fourth quarter before winning its second straight game.
The North Platte girls had a tough start but are starting to peak at the right time of the season. Next week, the Bulldogs will play at Gering, Alliance and Scottsbluff and they have the potential to win all three.
But playing on the road for three straight days is tough, said Woodhead, which was why it was imperative that NPHS play well against Lincoln North Star on Friday and Fremont on Saturday.
"We got two wins and that gives us momentum," he said.
Fremont 2 15 8 16 - 41
North Platte 17 11 9 15 - 52
Fremont (41)-Claire Meyer 19, Emmie Hansen 6, Gessica Gdowski 1, Darby Doernemann 2, Haley Boyer 10, Kendall Niehaus 3
North Platte (52)-Madalynn Doughty 6, Maggie Bianco 2, Allison Sawyer 5, Kaitlynn Harvey 5, Sally Hengen 12, Kylie Wroot 4, Ashten Hernandez 18
Free Throws: F 5-9, NP 14-17; Three Point Goals: F 8 (Meyer 6, Boyer 2), NP 6 (Hengen 3, Doughty 2, Sawyer)